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MSNBC
Jul 29, 2013 12:00pm PDT
dramatic proceedings, the defense began presenting witnesses in the priel of whitey bulger today. they're looking to convict on gambling, extortion, drug trafficking, and 19, yes, 19 murder charges. a question on everyone's mind is, will whitey testify? he has apparently told a friend he wants to set the record straight. joining us are the captains of our legal team, attorney seema ayer, and former prosecutor patrick murphy. thanks for being here. seema, i want to start with the whitey bulger case and that question. do you expect him to testify? overall, what's the defense's strategy? >> krystal, dear, i hope not. hasn't he said enough? any time we've seen that man in court, he's basically getting bleeped for cursing. so can you just imagine what he's going to say? >> it would be great tv. >> of course, of course. that's why we're here. however, at this point president defense has done enough to set up some sort of reasonable doubt in this case. if he testifies like within every other case, state or federal, in this country, when a defendant testifies, the case becomes all about the defen
MSNBC
Jul 25, 2013 12:00pm PDT
his public life, those are all silly and relatively transparent defenses for what this is about, which is people love sex, they love talking about sex, they love talking about other people's sex often more than their own sex lives. any time you can move from the real issues in the new york mayoral race, which includes things like public racial profiling rather than private online profiles, and any time you get off the sewer system and on to somebody's texts, obviously the public is interested. the new york voters are interested, so i get why we're talking about it. they're talking about it. but this is not the criteria of how to choose a mayor. the fact that what we've learned now is what we already knew, is that anthony weiner has this part of his life and it has intersecreta intersected with his public life and voters may pull away from him. you've got "the new york times" and "the new york daily news" saying he should be out of the race. you've got the usual mcaur theist mafia trying to bring him down. what do we know? what we learned is what we learned from st. augustine a l
MSNBC
Aug 1, 2013 12:00pm PDT
cases in this country are plea bargains. what is a plea bargain? the defense and prosecution put it together. you give me something, i'll give you something. in this particular case the prosecution says we'll take the death penalty for the alleged murder of the fetus of one of the women, we'll take that off the table but you have to plea out and understand you're going to jail for the rest of your life. and part of it, i sat there maybe like you today, and i watched the judge laboriously go through count after count after count. you want to say, just stop it. tell the guy he's going to prison for life and let's get him off this stage but, again, every t has to be crossed. every i has to be dotted. when he gets in jail he may look for a reason to appeal his sentence, to appeal his case so everything had to be done, everything had to be done appropriately. what i marvelled at was how everyone involved who gave the testimony, even the vimt, the judge, we all retained our composure and brought some type of civilization to a very uncivilized individual. >> indeed. we should also remember
MSNBC
Jul 31, 2013 12:00pm PDT
defense hagel was out today talking about the pentagon budget cuts. let's take a listen. >> if sequester-level cuts persist, dod would experience nearly $1 trillion in defense spending reductions over the next ten years. to help dod balance strategic ends, ways, and means under these budget scenarios, the strategic choice of the management review scrutinized every aspect of dod's budget. everything was on the table. >> so, what does this all this mean for what we're doing in afghanistan going forward and our presence there? >> within the past week, there's been a bipartisan, much like the amash vote on nsa. there's been a real moving back towards reducing the funding for afghanistan. now, general dunford is doing his best with the commander of forces there. he's now debating about what we should do in 2014. with that said, he will have a reduced budget no matter what. and i think, frankly, that's the way to go for the most part. we have to be very careful on these choices. on the larger scale, as secretary of defense hagel just said, everything's on the table, everything should be on the
MSNBC
Jul 30, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. joining us now is an expert witness from the manning defense on legal and media issues. he's a professor of entrepreneurial legal studies and a co-director of the berkman center for internet and society at harvard law school. thanks for being here. >> my pleasure. >> so you've written a lot about this. one of the things that concerns people here was not only the leaks and the nature of them, which we just heard the report from the pentagon, but a very new and very extreme precedent that the government was trying to set that would basically treat a leak to be the media, a leak to "the new york times" or nbc news as equivalent to not only wikileaks but to leaking or working with the enemy. tell us about that and your legal analysis of that and what today's verdict tells us. >> you're absolutely right, ari. that's exactly what was so dangerous about that issue. that's exactly what was so threatening about the article 104, aiding the enemy charge. essentially aiding the enemy includes not only helping but communicating with with the enemy. it includes not only communicating directl
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